Brewed by Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Westvleteren, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3640   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Westvleteren has the smallest output of the Trappist breweries, with only a small part of their production available outside of Belgium.

DrnkMcDermott's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2008
33 cl bottle bought 2005. Well, I shared this with my dad and two brothers, and they asked, "Was this everything it’s cracked up to be?" Gotta admit it was not quite. Then again, the actual beer could never match up to its rep. Even as a Belgian Quad, I’ve ended up being more excited about Delerium Tremens or Atomium. Or maybe a family gathering is a little too stressful to actually enjoy a beer. I will say: Beautiful smooth brown pour with a short head. Smell of figs, raisins and Belgian brown sugar (not too much of the latter). Taste bring out those fruits, with the added sensation of fruit leather and Belgian malts. What I realize is that this is not a great "extreme" beer: there is nothing going over the top for the sake of bragging rights. No, the Trappist brothers were never into that. What I have instead is a well-practiced beer that balances in almost every respect instead of overwhelming the senses. If I ever spot another bottle (got this at Cardinal Liquors in Frankfort, IL, but that was a few years ago, so I’m not adding that place here), I will re-try by myself.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hatzer (139) - Nuneaton, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2016
Número uno fuck off dark murky dishwater. Nice honey taste but fuck me looks like it’s come from a pond

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alteregoo (862) - POLAND - AUG 27, 2016
Gushing przy otwieraniu. Piana brzydka, gruba, sycząca, szybko opada do firanki. Barwa brązowo rubinowa, mętna, z pływającymi sporymi drobinami. W aromacie na pierwszym planie nuty porto, sherry i wanilii, do tego suszona gruszka, daktyle, figi, rodzynki, cukier kandyzowany, ciemny winogron... Super! W smaku jest dość słodkie, pełne, treściwe, lepkie - cała paleta z zapachu jak najbardziej się powtarza, do tego likier waniliowy, kakao, przyprawy, miód spadziowy... Goryczka średnia, ziołowa. Wysycenie średnie, puszyste.
Rewelacyjny Quadrupel! Bogaty, pełny, świetnie ułożony, z nutami przyjemnego utlenienia! Trzy lata na leżaku zrobiły swoje... Nie wiem czy jest to najlepsze piwo na świecie, ale bez wątpienia światowa czołówka!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tghatchling (2) - Hesse, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2016 does not count
Soft caramel aroma, beautiful brown/ amber color with a thick tan head, not a hint of bitterness, just a sweet smooth/ full complex caramel flavor that is neither heavy or light. I knew with the first delightful sip that it was the most enjoyable beer I’d ever had. I tried to drink a second beer but found it was too strong for that. We were at the monastery picking up 4 cases :D Gave one to our son-in-law, savoring the last 3.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
belgis (443) - - AUG 26, 2016
After all these years after hearing about it I got to try one. Hype is serious around it but it is not without reason. It reminded me of first time when I got to try trappist beer so shocked I was because it was first time I tasted something so interesting. This beer brought me back to this almost virgin moment. Almost don’t want to rate it at all. It is good, very good. Hyped or not best in the world or not it is a serious milestone for me personally.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeiznogood (20) - DENMARK - AUG 21, 2016
At home, 2016 bottle (33cl). Direct comparison tasting with Rochefort 10. Pour: dark burgundy, slight orange, nice and clear. High initial carbonation, high foam. Nose: Malt, minerals, dades. Taste: first - molasses, minerals, liquorice; mid - dades, dried fruits; after molasses, dark sirup, slight alcohol, dry bitterness. Mouthfeel: Sirupy and thick. Carbonation is not dominant, which is nice. Really lovely. Verdict: A very good beer! Definitely next level compared to Rochefort 10, just that bit more well rounded and delicious. But not enough to warrant the price tag - I would rather have a few Rochefort in future! :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beertholomeus (1688) - California, USA - AUG 20, 2016
Pours a burnt amber brown color with a thick khaki head. Caramel, toffee, yeast, funk, molasses and dark fruit aroma. Caramel, toffee, yeast, molasses, funk, fig, raisin, funk, toast and slight booze flavors. Medium full body and very lively carbonation. Caramel, toffee, dark fruit and booze finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jfdelille (1) - la madeleine, FRANCE - AUG 17, 2016 does not count

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markoyli (7) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2016 does not count
Everything what must be said, it’s already said. Dark fruits, maybe some figue. Surprising bit of fizzy and not so thick what I thought. Great beer, but not my nro1.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hauxe (378) - Butzbach, GERMANY - AUG 13, 2016
Aged for about a year till my patience gave out. Pours dark brown from the bottle and leaves a large, fluffy head that gently subsides before gradually disappearing. Lots and lots of sediment in the glass. Aroma is port wine at the outset, and deepens after some time in the glass and exposure to air. Cherry and strong roasted caramel notes are present, and so is something sweeter, maybe fig, and peanut butter too! The taste is both rich and alcoholic with lots of caramel, bread, dark fruit, and a hint of spice. Finishes warm, sweet, and a bit boozy. This is a heavy, full-bodied beer but it goes down easy. I like it. Certainly in my top 10 list of beers as of the time of rating, but not necessarily my favorite. Going to have to do some more drinkng and re-rating. Life’s a bitch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fisler (385) - Bamberg, GERMANY - AUG 9, 2016
Sehr dunkles Braun im Glas. In der Nase Nougat, Haselnuss, Mandel, eine Geruchsexplosion schon wenn man die Flasche öffnet. Perlig auf der Zunge, dann nussig, leichte Säure, etwas ölig. Im Abgang cremig, mollig wärmend, wieder Nuss, Holz, feine Süße. Sehr komplex, überraschend gut trinkbar. Kein bisschen schwer. Ausgezeichnet.

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